[LINK] Fwd: Secret web bans in FOI changes
Tue, 1 Oct 2002 17:57:38 +1000
uh oh ... the war on terror is a useful distraction, it seems.
In addition to pornography, the Broadcasting Services Act allows the
banning of material refused classification by the Australian Broadcasting
Authority if it contains "detailed instruction in crime, violence or drug
use". But such bans - which could take the form of either forced removal,
or adding the sites' addresses to internet-filtering software - are
likely to remain secret thanks to upcoming changes to the Freedom of
Cracking down on attempts to access the list of banned sites, Canberra
has slipped in changes to the act to specifically exempt such information
from FOI requests. The Communications Legislation Amendment Bill comes in
the wake of Electronic Frontiers Australia's failed attempt before the
Administrative Appeals Tribunal to force the ABA to release the list.
Now the Government is moving to put the secrecy of the list "beyond
"It's not in the public interest to provide Refused Classification
website material, including child pornography," said a spokesman for
Communications Minister Richard Alston.
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